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EMS scheme

Extra Mural Studies for
veterinary students

Thank you for your interest in Fitzpatrick Referrals. Our EMS scheme allows veterinary students to gain experience working in a practice dedicated to orthopaedics and neurology, to include advanced diagnostic imaging techniques and surgery.

Due to the high demand, we restrict the time spent visiting our hospital to two weeks. To gain the most from the placement, we also request that applicants be in their fourth or final year of clinical studies when the placement commences.

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Visiting Fitzpatrick Referrals

The vision of Fitzpatrick Referrals is to move medical science forward by providing excellence in veterinary care, creating a better world for animals and for each other.

EMS placement schedule

During the two-week block, students will follow clinicians from each service and can observe surgery daily. They will also be exposed to the disciplines of anaesthesia and advanced diagnostic imaging by working with our intern team and our radiography / ADI department.

Visiting qualified vets

We welcome visits from veterinary surgeons who wish to find out more about our services, view our facilities and meet our team. To arrange a visit, please email [email protected]

Experience day in referral nursing

We offer experience days for nurses who are interested in learning more about referral nursing. You can shadow one of our registered veterinary nurses for either half a day or a whole day.


Team in action

Request an EMS placement

For further information and to request an EMS placement, please email your CV, a letter outlining your reasons for wanting to do a placement with us, and your preferred placement dates to [email protected]

Please use your university email account for all correspondence to aid us in verifying you are a veterinary student.


Join the team

We are always looking to strengthen our team with skilled, dedicated, passionate professionals.



Here are some of the common questions we receive at Fitzpatrick Referrals – if your question is not answered, please get in touch and we will be happy to help!

Do you offer work experience for school or sixth-form students?

Unfortunately, due to the commitment we make to help with the training of undergraduate veterinary students and the busy nature of referral practice, we are unable to offer work experience placements to school and sixth-form students in either our rehabilitation or veterinary hospital.

Do you provide accommodation for EMS students?

We do not offer accommodation, although there are a number of guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments nearby. See our local places page for recommendations.